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Vol. 7 – No. 9
May 4, 2007

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR  

 CURRENT EVENTS

Wheat Tour Slated: The Beckham County Wheat Tour is slated May 15 at 9:00 a.m. The tour will take place three miles north of Elk City on State Highway 34. For more information, contact Greg Hartman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, at 580-928-2139.

gardenFest 2007: The 6th Annual Summer GardenFest will take place June 9 at the Oklahoma State University Botanical Garden, 3425 W. Virginia. This year’s keynote speaker will be Steve Owens, host of Oklahoma Gardening. Educational workshop topics include rustic structures in the landscape, gardening for wildlife, small trees for Oklahoma, soap making, cotton spinning, tussie-mussies, butterflies, and water gardening. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Swine Short course: Extension Educators and agricultural education teachers will have the opportunity to gain valuable information at the “Swine Barn-Talk” in-service training slated June 12-13 at OSU. The in-service will feature a general information session, a nutrition session, and an optional session that will focus on the Pork Quality Assurance Plus Training. To enroll in the in-service go to http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff_development/. For addition information, contact Rusty Gosz, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, at 405-744-6058, or email at rusty.gosz@okstate.edu. Enrollment deadline is May 12.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Field Day a Big Success: In April, small production farmers from around northeastern Oklahoma took advantage of a great opportunity to learn how fields can be prepared for horticulture food crops. The Tulsa County Extension Office, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, state Extension specialists, and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s “Plasticulture” program coordinated efforts to organize the event. It took place at the OSU Vegetable Research Station in Bixby. Many of those in attendance did not grow up farming and a definite need exists within this group to understand what is involved in plowing and preparing new land for this type of production. Participants at the field day were able to see live demonstrations of plowing, disking, and roto-tilling with medium size tractors. In addition, ODAFF’s “Plasticulture” program demonstrated how raised beds are shaped, drip irrigation line is laid, and plastic mulch is put down in a single pass. Other equipment that was discussed included hand cultivation equipment such as roto-tillers, wheel hoes, hand hoes, and tractor-pulled cultivation equipment such as row-crop cultivators, field cultivators, and finish equipment.

OSU Extension Receives Grant for Goat Education: A group of Extension Educators from the Southeast District have received a $49,938 grant from the Southern Region Risk Management Center. This grant will be used to develop and deliver a comprehensive basic meat goat education program. The educational program will use the Oklahoma Meat Goat Manual as the foundation for the multi-session educational program. Producers who complete the educational program will gain basic knowledge and skills about owning and operating a meat goat operation. Material to be covered includes fencing, marketing, herd health, forages and pastures, predator control, record keeping, nutrition, housing, corrals, and general management. In addition, part of the grant will fund a youth educational program. The youth program will be offered for youth who have started or want to start a meat goat project. It will combine information from the adult program with education about exhibition techniques and skills. The grant funds will be available starting July 1. The pilot adult educational program will take place in Hughes County in early August. More educational programming will be offered throughout the state. Anyone interested in attending these educational programs should contact their local county Extension Educator for more information.

Williams Presents Workshop: Sue Williams, Extension Leadership and Development and Family Policy Specialist, along with former OSU State Extension Specialist Bonnie Braun, recently presented an in-depth workshop, “Community Issue Challenges” at the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to: Nancy Michael, Specialist, DASNR Technical Services and Support, on the birth of her son. Andrew Stewart was born April 24, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20 ½ inches long. 

Condolences to: John Caddel, Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, on the death of his wife. Ann Giebel Caddel passed away April 6. A memorial service took place April 11 in the Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home Chapel. An additional memorial service took place in her hometown of Sinton, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Judith Karman Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Condolences to: Ruth Winter, retired Adair County Extension Home Economist and CED, on the death of her husband. Keith Winter passed away April 26. Graveside services took place April 30. Cards may be sent to Ruth at Rt. 4, Box 2760, Stilwell, OK  74960.

Condolences to: Celia Madden, Agricultural Duplicating, on the death of her mother. Lois Hollar passed away Sunday, April 29. Funeral services took place Wednesday, May 2 at Henniger-Allen Funeral Home in Enid. Cards may be sent to Celia at 306 W. 24th Avenue, Stillwater, OK  74074.

Good News

 COLLEGE CORNER

Senior Crowned “Miss Indian Oklahoma”: Jessica Moore, a senior landscape architecture student, recently was crowned Miss Indian Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women Organization. Congratulations Jessica!

AWARDS

Tucker Honored: Nancy Tucker, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pushmataha County, was honored as Board Member of the Year at the Oklahoma Main Street awards banquet that took place April 24 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Congratulations Nancy!

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Marcy L. John, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Alfalfa County, effective 6-14-07

Eric J. Rebek, Assistant Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, effective 6-25-07

Title Changes/Transfers

Nancy L. Arnett, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Adair County, effective 5-1-07 (was: Extension Educator, Community Education)

Separations

Charles Kevin Nickell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Seminole County, effective 4-27-07

COMING EVENTS

May 4-5: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 9-11: Forestry on the Grow Conference (Tahlequah)

May 15: Beckham County Wheat Tour (Elk City)

May 23-25: 86th State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

May 26-28: Statewide 4-H Family Horse Camp (Jet)

May 30: Co-Parenting Program In-Service (Stillwater)

May 31: Parenting Basics In-Service (Stillwater)

June 1: Parenting Education: Program Planning and Resources (Stillwater)

June 7-8: State Master Gardener Continuing Education Conference (Claremore)

June 9: Summer GardenFest (OSUBG, Stillwater)

June 9: OSU and USDA-ARS Agriculture Center Field Day (Lane)

June 12-13: Swine Project “Barn Talk” (Stillwater)

June 13-15: Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 15: Statewide County Directors’ Meeting (Stillwater)

June 21-23: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

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